So far this year has been rich with new rug releases. With international events getting into full swing, many more new collections are being released. Here COVER introduces six new rugs that have caught our attention.
Kelly Wearstler’s latest hand-knotted rugs for The Rug Company comprise four new designs in two colourways. Avant Graphite comes in two shapes: a regular rectangle or a shaped version that emphasises the design’s overlapping striped pattern. This simple yet dramatic design is made of an off-white wool background with charcoal silk stripes.
One of Spanish brand GAN’s new releases for Milan Design Week is Reversibledesigned by Charlotte Lancelot. The reversible rug draws inspiration from the idea of using summer and winter rugs, employed in countries where the climate varies greatly. Made using a complex hand-loom technique, one side of the rug is made of 100% virgin wool and the other linen with cotton.
Ready for summer is the delightful hand-knotted Garden State by Wool & Silk Rugs. The design makes you feel like you are lying in a field of wild flowers. Wool & Silk comment ‘Garden state is lovely and light of spirit. Like an airy, flower child who can brighten a room with her smile, this piece brings freedom into your life and makes your day a little sunnier.’
The second collaboration between The Courtauld and Christopher Farr comprises four rugs with designs taken from original Bloomsbury Group artwork from The Courtauld Gallery’s collection. The Omega Workshop was the commercial arm of the Bloomsbury Group and the ‘CF Editions’ Omega Workshop designs are hand-tufted with hand dyed wool.
The design of Kasthall’s new wool and linen hand-tufted Quilt rug is influenced by Japanese Boro textiles and the work of Anti Albers and Sheila Hicks. The patches of colour are emphasised by cut and looped pile and different pile heights. Kasthall’s designer, Ellinor Eliasson explains: ‘The beauty of Boro textiles is how they can extend the lifetime and bring new life to things. Using what we already have, the originals can live on for several generations—just as we believe they should.’
Nanimarquina are currently presenting five new collections at Salone Del Mobile this June. One new design is Troupe by Jaime Hayon, a playful and colourful hand-tufted design in 100% New Zealand wool.